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Published: 15:00, 03 July 2014 |
Updated: 09:03, 04 July 2014
A thug smashed his head into a woman because of a row between their primary school children... knocking her into a terrified three-year-old child.
The youngster, a pupil at a Dover infants school, was then knocked unconscious in the melee.
But the man who carried out the two attacks, who had boasted he had done time for manslaughter, walked from Canterbury Crown Court with just a suspended prison sentence.
"The youngster banged his head on the floor and momentarily lost consciousness.
“As a direct consequence of the defendant headbutting Ms Hammond, she in turn fell on the child. It was an indirect assault.”
Both victims were taken to hospital for treatment and Ms Hammond feared her nose – which was bleeding – was broken.
But the headbutt was so hard it loosened her teeth and she has suffered problems since the attack.
“She was in complete agony and hadn’t realised that she had been
"She was also left with a wound inside her mouth and she had to wear a splint for her teeth, “ she added.
"It was distasteful, it was serious and it was an ugly incident" - Kieran Brand, defending
“This day it was more of the same and he just saw red after comments made by Mr Kemp but he then lashed out at her.
"It was distasteful, it was serious and it was an ugly incident.
“It was never his intention that any child should have got caught in the crossfire.
"It was a momentary loss of control which caused him to act in this shameful manner.”
Clarke was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years, ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and told to stay away from the families of the victims for five years.
Judge Nigel Van Der Bijl told him: “Had this been a direct attack on this children it would have been a totally different situation.
“But it is recognised that you were acting recklessly and the child was, in a sense, was in the way and the injury was as a result of that.”
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